Maximum Solutions Physical Therapy - December 2019

DECEMBER 2019

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person behind you, or offering a smile to a person passing on the street. The spirit is contagious, too. Some of our patients even like to share some of our traditions with us! If you’re looking for ways to give back this holiday season, several unique ideas can involve the whole family. Turn those unused items around the house into holiday presents for families in need. Find a clothing or toy drop-off in the parking lot of your nearest Walmart or supermarket to make a donation. You can also contact your local homeless shelter to find out what exactly they need. Your time is also a worthy gift. Local animal shelters are always looking for volunteers and foster homes. Even spending a few minutes playing with the animals that aren’t yet ready for adoption makes a significant impact. If you’re looking to get involved, visit AwsomAnimals.org for more information. Do you enjoy special traditions or activities to spread cheer during the holiday season? If so, let us know next time you’re in the office! We love finding new and unique ways to give back to our community. –Dora Godnig & Cara Sadowski

At Maximum Solutions, we pride ourselves on giving back every holiday season. We’re passionate about our community, so we emphasize this kind of charity over the holidays. There are too many children or families who go without, and it’s something we can’t ignore. We usually participate in Toys for Tots or sponsor a whole family to make sure they get everything they want and need. To spread a little more cheer, we also send our neighboring businesses we work with gifts like mugs, tea, mints, and chocolates, and we even fix them up a holiday pie! When we’re not spreading holiday cheer to our community partners, we like to pass along the good cheer to our clients. We love sending them holiday cards and care packages. We decorate the offices with Christmas trees, holiday lights, stockings, you name it, and it’s so wonderful to see everyone get into the holiday spirit. For us, nothing lights up the darkness of winter like bringing people together and sharing in the warmth and generosity that are at the core of the season. It can be as simple as holding a door open for the With a one-day special offer for all present and past patients and friends and family of Maximum Solutions! We at Maximum Solutions would like to do something special to celebrate the holiday season with you! As our BIG THANK-YOU for allowing us to serve you, we are giving complimentary assessments for: • All past patients who have not been seen in PT in more than three months • All present clients who have other problems currently not being treated • All family, friends, neighbors and coworkers of our past and present patients If you are having pain or problems with day-to-day activities such as walking, standing, sitting for long periods, going up or down steps, getting in and out of the car, sleeping, or driving, then this is an excellent HELPING SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER THROUGH GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY

OUR WAY OF SAYING THANKS COMPLIMENTARY ASSESSMENTS Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

opportunity to see one of our therapists and find out the cause of your problem. Call 570-420-0606 to schedule your complimentary screening for Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 . In honor of our holiday celebration, we will be raffling gifts away for people who schedule a free screening! As a special bonus, all people attending a screen on Dec. 16, 2019, will receive a free copy of "The Seven Secrets to Permanent Relief for Neck and Back Arthritis."

Appointments are FREE but limited because each PT only has 12 spots!

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HOLIDAY CUISINE AROUND THE GLOBE

WHAT DO OTHER COUNTRIES EAT TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON?

JAPAN: FRIED CHICKEN Thanks to a clever 1970s marketing campaign, the dish of choice for Christmas in Japan is fried chicken — specifically, KFC. Unlike in America, holiday orders in the country come with chocolate cake, roasted chicken with stuffing, and even bottles of Christmas wine emblazoned with Colonel Sanders’ face. SWEDEN: SAFFRON BUNS According to Delish, Swedish tradition “dictates that the eldest daughter dress in a white gown tied with a red sash and a crown of lit candles, then wake her parents with hot coffee and a tray of saffron buns.” Swedes also feast on a casserole called Jansson’s Temptation made with potatoes, onions, anchovies, and cream.

steaming the tamales can take days, and every family makes their own signature filling.

2 • WWW.MAXSOLUTIONS-PT.COM WARM UP INSIDE FIRST. If you’re planning on braving the snow and frigid temperatures, try to spend 10–15 minutes warming up before you walk out your front door. Cold weather naturally tightens muscles and joints, so stretching your limbs in a heated environment is a good way to ensure maximum comfort and minimum risk of injury when you’re running in the cold. Maybe you love the majesty of a winter’s morning, or maybe you just hate the treadmill. Whatever your reason is for wanting to run or jog outside in the dead of winter, remember to take the proper precautions before stepping out. Runners face challenges during the winter that they don’t face any other time of year. If you want to experience the winter safely, there are a few things to keep in mind. Celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa vary from country to country, but there is one thing that unites holiday parties around the world: food. While some American traditions overlap with those of other countries — Peru, for example, shares our love of hot chocolate; England and Canada raise glasses of eggnog; and Italy digs into a version of fruitcake called panettone — there are plenty of dishes beloved all over the world that never make it to the American table. Below, we’ve rounded up a few you might consider exploring this season. COSTA RICA: TAMALES Christmas in Costa Rica wouldn’t be complete without tamales, a savory treat made by stuffing corn dough, meat, garlic, onions, potatoes, and raisins into corn husks or banana leaves. The process of filling and

ETHIOPIA: YEBEG WOT Ethiopians start preparing their

WEAR SHOES WITH TRACTION. If your favorite running path is covered with snow and ice, you should consider finding a different route. But, if you can’t resist going down your beaten path, then you need to make sure your shoes are up to the challenge. If your running shoes have worn soles, then you’ll need to get a new pair with soles that will grip the ground better before stepping out on the ice. Regardless of how amazing your shoes are, remain vigilant about where you’re stepping. DRESS DOWN A LAYER. Yes, it is cold outside, but your body will naturally warm up as you run, just like it would with any other physical activity. Think of what you would normally wear to stay comfortable in the cold, and then wear one less layer when you’re running. Of course, you Christmas meals as early as October, when they buy the still-live lambs that will eventually go into their savory, spicy lamb stew on the holiday. As with many of the country’s dishes, yebeg wot is scooped up and eaten with injera (teff flatbread). ISRAEL: LATKES Latkes have been synonymous with Hanukkah for more than 900 years, and no Israeli Christmas would be complete without the little potato pancakes cooked symbolically in oil. Despite their long history, though, latkes now vie with sufganiyot — a kind of jelly-filled donut — for a place on the holiday table.

RUNNING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND TIPS FOR RUNNING AND JOGGING IN COLD WEATHER

should keep other weather elements in mind as well, such as wind, rain, and snow, when you’re picking out your running clothes. Finally, if a day is particularly cold, snowy, or windy, don’t force yourself outside for the sake of your health. Sometimes, a good bowl of soup and a roaring fire can be just as physically satisfying as a run outside.

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DO YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL? SHARE YOUR WISDOM IN A MEMOIR

or understand by reading my words?” From there, select anecdotes that support your theme. Make sure they’re clear and cohesive. Then, write like you would a fictional novel or story. Show, don’t tell, and keep readers invested by having a narrative arc, whether it flows chronologically or jumps back and forth in time. Remember, this is not a time to air dirty laundry; it’s a time to reflect, grow, and share your experiences with the world.

Even more so, your life experiences can give valuable insights to readers of all ages and circumstances. That’s why biographies and memoirs are such popular genres — reading about real people helps others understand the world and how they can live in it. To get started, pick a theme. Ask yourself these questions, “What message do I want to leave with my readers? What do I want them to feel

The urge to leave behind a legacy is an inherent human instinct. Whether you accomplish this by raising children, building a successful company, or starting a charitable organization, the desire to share your wisdom should not go unfulfilled. If none of these options work for your lifestyle, writing a memoir may be a good option. A memoir not only tells your story but also passes on the wisdom you’ve gained from your many experiences and offers a unique perspective to inspire future generations. Writing can be a therapeutic exercise at a time when your life may be changing due to retirement or your kids growing up and leaving the house. And because personal reflection is a natural occurrence with age, writing a memoir can be the perfect way to spend your time. As you gain enough distance from life events to grow useful perspectives, the stage is set for self-discovery and transformation.

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER ‘STEAKS’ Inspired by Delish

TAKE A BREAK!

INGREDIENTS

• Kosher salt • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 1 cup balsamic vinegar • 1/4 cup brown sugar • Parsley leaves, for garnish

• 1 large head cauliflower • 2 cups Roma tomatoes • 1 red onion, quartered • 1/2 lb green beans, ends trimmed

DIRECTIONS

3. Meanwhile, heat a small saucepan to medium-high, and whisk together vinegar and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then turn down to low simmer, letting sauce reduce for 15 minutes. 4. Coat cauliflower in glaze and reserve extra for basting. 5. Roast for 1 hour, basting every 15 minutes. 6. Quarter cauliflower and serve with veggies.

1. Heat oven to 400 F. 2. Trim the leaves and stem from

cauliflower, but do not break down further. (It should sit like a dome.) In the center of a large baking dish, place the cauliflower and surround it with tomatoes, onion, and green beans, and season with salt and olive oil.

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1. COVER TITLE 1. HOW TO SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER INSIDE THIS ISSUE 2. HOLIDAY FOODS AROUND THE WORLD TIPS FOR RUNNING AND JOGGING IN COLD WEATHER 3. TELL YOUR STORY AND SHARE YOUR WISDOM ROASTED CAULIFLOWER 'STEAKS’ 4. BOOST YOUR MENTAL HEALTH THIS SEASON

FEELING SAD? WAYS TO FIGHT SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that people experience every fall and winter. If you find yourself feeling blue as the days become shorter and darker, know there are things you can do to boost your mood until spring returns. GET SOME SUN Exposure to sunlight is also significantly beneficial for people suffering from SAD. Sunlight helps your body produce adequate amounts of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that contributes to feelings of well-being

and happiness. Getting just a few minutes of sunlight a day through a walk or short jog can make all the difference. If you live in an area where the winters are bleak, cloudy, and dark, sunlight can be harder to come by. But technology has you covered: You can purchase “sun lamps,” which simulate sunlight without the damaging UV rays. Just set up a sun lamp in your workspace or living area and feel your mood lift. MAINTAIN YOUR ROUTINE Often, it can be difficult to stick with your daily routine during the cooler

INCREASE YOUR ACTIVITY Keeping your body active can increase your energy levels, help you sleep, reduce anxiety, and boost your self- esteem. Summit Medical Group states that a person who exercises for 30–60 minutes a day can manage or avoid SAD easier than a person who does not exercise regularly. When you participate in physical activity, your body releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins, which have a morphine-like effect on your brain. If exercising outdoors is not ideal, consider swimming, walking, or dancing instead.

months. It may be harder to wake up on time in the morning to work out, or it may be too cold outside to go on your daily run. Luckily, you can find small ways to mitigate this. For example, invest in a sunrise alarm clock, which gently wakes you up with a simulated sunrise, or shop for high- quality thermal workout gear. If you continue to suffer from SAD and feel there’s no end in sight, it’s important to seek help from professionals. They can determine the best treatment options available for you.

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